Most of us are no strangers to dyeing our hair—think of it as a semi-permanent accessory that lets you stand out all the time, more lasting than clothing and less permanent than tattoos or piercings. They say blondes have more fun, but the same rules prevail if you want to look good, like with items of clothing or accessories. If you’re having trouble deciding between a warmer strawberry or chestnut blonde, creating texture with a layered dirty blonde or going strong with a stark platinum blonde, start by matching your desired shade to your skin tone. Warmer hues generally complement fairer skin tones, while tanned complexions set off lighter and cooler shades well. Of course, the trouble with any hairstyle change is that it requires maintenance, but don’t rush to make your next appointment at the salon at the first sign of dark roots showing through—keep them around for a while, and you might find the contrast adds another even more depth to an already bold look.